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Artist: Rashaad Newsome, American, born 1979
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Collage on panel in artist-made frame with leather and automotive paint
68 1/2 x 68 1/2 x 3 1/2in (174 x 174 x 8.9cm)
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Museum purchase with the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund
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Referencing popular culture, artist Rashaad Newsome explores African American and queer identity. The title Kwabena is a masculine given name that originates from the Akan (i.e., Ashanti) people in Ghana. Diamond jewelry, gold watches, and chains are combined with rich fabrics and bright patterns to form a monumental portrait. Newsome melds the trappings of historic nobility with symbols of contemporary wealth and status. The artist-made frame refers to historic Dutch frames but is lacquered with glittery automotive paint and features chain detailing.
Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art; René Paul Barilleaux, Lowery Stokes Sims (b.1949); 2018; p. 8, 19
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